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by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone, Novella



Love is blind…
Especially when you’ve been abducted.

Caught in the dredges of life, Elise had come to the grudging conclusion that mediocrity was all she’d ever have.
Until a routine shopping trip turns into a deadly affair.

Taken. Two men, one a brute and the other an enigma. A cabin in the woods. One dangerous agenda.

Blindfolded and held captive, Elise’s mundane existence just got a whole lot more interesting. Thrust into the unknown, held prisoner by a man with rough hands and a gentle voice, she’s faced with her own demise while struggling against a growing desire for the unacceptable—her captor.

Will Elise make out with her life—and heart—intact?


“Open, buttercup.” He proceeded to feed her her breakfast, and Elise chewed quietly while the men launched into yet another argument.
“You’re treating her like a pet instead of a hostage.”
“It’s called basic human decency. You should try it sometime.”
“Hand feeding her, sharing a bed, then showering together,” Driver listed off. “What next, you going to take off her blindfold and issue proper introductions?”
Elise paused mid-chew, and Manhandler grew so quiet, she swore she could hear his labored breathing.
“You need to watch how you speak to me.”
Driver grunted. “Really? Because I’m beginning to think I need to watch you about as close as you’ve been watching her. Do I need to worry about your loyalties?”
The fork dropped to the table with a clank. “Two days and you’re already paranoid I’m turning against you? Wow, I gotta say, I thought you had better sense than that.”
“Don’t question me. I trust my instincts, and right now they’re saying this shit between you and her is off.”
“You think I got something going on with her?” Manhandler’s chair scraped the floor as he bolted to his feet. Elise shrunk back, wishing she could become invisible. She did not want to be caught in the middle of their feud. There was no telling if things would get violent between them, and she wasn’t prepared to find out.
“Do you?”
“So what if I did? Doesn’t mean I’ve jumped ship. Doesn’t mean I’m not still a wanted man. It changes nothing. At the end of the day, we’re still gonna do what we gotta do.”
“So if she becomes a liability?”
“Then we’ll handle it,” Manhandler said, and his chilling delivery caused Elise to shiver…in a bad way.
Driver seemed to take a moment to ponder his partner’s words. “So you’re just looking for a piece of ass then, and you got your eyes on this lil’ fil?”
“Do you see anything better around here to pass the time?” Manhandler growled.
Elise’s lip curled. Betrayed. That’s how she felt. She should have known he was just using her, but instead she’d gone and given him attributes that he didn’t deserve. He was just another man looking to get laid. And she just happened to be the closest thing with a vagina available.
It made her want to kick him square in the balls. If she thought she could get away with it, she would. In a heartbeat.
Driver chuckled and pulled out a chair of his own. “Beats watching TV. Antenna doesn’t pick up shit through all these damn trees.”
“That’s because people don’t come this far out into the boonies for the reception, dipshit.”
“Hey, this dipshit just cooked you a meal. Try showing some of that basic human decency you’re always spouting off about.”
They shared a friendly laugh and Elise was forced to listen to more of their idiotic banter, which now grated on her last nerve. Just an object to be used, was she? Well, she’d just sit and stew about that awhile and try to come up with a plan to get the hell out of Dodge ASAP.

Final Score - 4 Stars!

This book started off with a great premise, storyline and characters. Even thought the story is short novella, it felt rushed in places. 

No clear reason was given for why this particular woman was taken, and that to me need a valid explanation. I was a bit disappointed about that as I was so invested in the book. It could have been a bit longer with more emphasis on the why and not the end result.


J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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